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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

UK must "act with urgency" to minimise Brexit uncertainty 27 June 2016

The boss of Britain’s biggest business group has called on the government to act urgently to minimise the uncertainties that affect investment decisions, economic growth and prosperity, following the country’s shock decision last week to exit the European Union (EU).

Bangladesh factories urged to pay Eid festival bonus 27 June 2016

A row has broken out over the payment of the Eid bonus and salary to ready-made garment (RMG) workers in Bangladesh in line with the deadline set by the government.

The UK's Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down in the autumnBritain votes for Brexit – what happens next? 24 June 2016

Britain’s vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel itself from the network of institutions and bureaucracy in Brussels. 

Reforms to US chemical regulations signed into law 24 June 2016

Legislation to overhaul US chemical control regulations was signed into law by President Obama earlier this week.

Survey respondents confirm they have started to explore sourcing opportunities in Myanmar US fashion firms share sourcing trends and strategies 23 June 2016

Concerns about market competition in the United States have for the first time surpassed worries about rising production and sourcing costs, according to the latest five-year outlook for the US fashion industry. The ‘China Plus Many’ model, growth in Vietnam ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and new sourcing destinations like Myanmar and Cuba are also covered.

Columbia Sportswear’s new rain jacket eliminates PFCs yet maintains performance
Columbia rain jacket "a milestone in sustainability" 22 June 2016

Columbia Sportswear has unveiled what it believes is the first high-performance environmentally friendly rain jacket made without the use of perflourinated compounds, commonly referred to as PFCs.

Apparelsourcing USA returns to New York next month 22 June 2016

Apparelsourcing USA is set to return to New York City next month, providing an opportunity to connect with global suppliers specialising in ready-to-wear for men, women and children.  

Shinola slammed for ‘Made in the USA’ claims 21 June 2016

Detroit-based watch and leathergoods manufacturer Shinola is to drop its ‘Where American is Made’ slogan after federal regulators ruled it "overstated the extent to which certain products are ‘made’ or ‘built’ in the United States."

In less than two years PETA has released six exposés of 39 facilities on three continents where sheep are abused for woolBritish wool producer denies animal cruelty claims 21 June 2016

A major British wool producer has denied allegations by an animal rights group that it buys wool from farms in Chile farms that abuse sheep, and which may end up being sold as ‘Italian wool.’

Bangladesh firm wins top prize in World Textile Awards 21 June 2016

Bangladeshi company Matin Spinning Mills Ltd has been named ‘International Textile Firm of the Year’ at the World Textile Awards, sponsored by The Textile Institute.

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